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New Faculty Orientation

Who should attend? 

  • All new benefits-eligible faculty appointed at 50% or more, and
  • Current per course faculty who will be appointed in a benefits-eligible position at 50% or more.

Any questions about your appointment should be directed to your department chair.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

J.C. Kellam Administration Building, Room 1100

The program begins at 8:15 a.m. with a continental breakfast and mid-morning snacks. Lunch will not be served.  Representatives from Human Resources will review benefit information.

Faculty are required to register for new faculty orientation by visiting

Retirement Program Fair

Immediately following New Faculty Orientation, representatives will be available from companies authorized to provide Optional Retirement Program and voluntary savings plans at Texas State University.  New faculty members will have the opportunity to ask questions and get more information about each approved company.  Human Resources staff will be available to assist with the completion of forms.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

J.C. Kellam Administration Building, Room 1100

New Tenure-Track Faculty: Resources and Responsibilities

Who should attend? 

  • All new tenure-track faculty, and
  • Current faculty who are being converted to tenure-track positions.

New faculty appointed with tenure are not required, but may choose to attend this session.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC), Room 105

Lunch: 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. in Alkek Library, Room 105/106

Faculty are required to register for the orientation

New International Faculty Meet and Greet

Who should attend? 

  • All new international faculty are invited.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Coffee and pastries will be served.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Thornton House

Course Management Technology (TRACS) for New Faculty

TRACS (Teaching, Research, And Collaboration System) is the collaborative learning environment at Texas State. TRACS enables faculty to enhance classroom instruction or deliver distance learning by bringing course materials, class discussions, assignments and quizzes to the Web.  Students can view course and campus announcements in one location, access direct links to course web sites and groups, and view and create a personal calendar and "to do" lists correlated with individual course calendars.

TRACS provides tools to build and manage course web sites and online campus environments, without knowledge of HTML or other programming languages.  There are two types of sites in TRACS; course and project sites.  A course site is used for coursework, documents and materials for a course.  A project site may be used for collaboration on research, for committee work, for collaborative development projects and more.

Who should attend? 

  • Open and recommended for all new faculty.

Location: Alkek Library, Room 119


  • Beginning TRACS for New Faculty Orientation
  • Advanced TRACS for New Faculty Orientation

Available Dates:  

  • Monday, August 21, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.      

Faculty are required to register for the workshop by visiting  New faculty must log in using their Texas State Net ID which can be obtained from their department prior to the workshop registration.

Nontenure Line Faculty Workshop

Who should attend? 

  • Open to all new faculty who are not appointed in a tenure-track or tenured position.

This supplemental session provides more in-depth information to help navigate the first year at Texas State. The focus is practical tips for a successful semester including resources to support teaching, uploading your syllabus, and submitting grades.

Location:  University Advancement Center, Room 310

Available Dates:  

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Faculty are required to register for the workshop by visiting

College, School, and Department Meetings

Check with your department for additional meetings scheduled for your College, School, Department, and/or Program.     

  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 
  • Friday, August 25, 2017

University Convocation and Annual General Faculty Meeting

Who should attend? 

  • All faculty are encouraged to attend this annual event, which includes an awards ceremony and special address by President Denise M. Trauth.

Friday, August 25, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

University Event Center, Strahan Arena

L.B.J. Picnic

Who should attend? 

  • This annual event welcomes faculty and staff back to campus for a new academic year at Texas State.

Friday, August 25, 2017

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

President’s House (weather permitting)

First Day of Class

Monday, August 28, 2017

First Session - Program for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship

Who should attend? 

  • This program is specifically designed for new tenure-track assistant professors. Complimentary optional lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m.  The program will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Friday, September 1, 2017

12:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Alkek Library, Room 105/106

Labor Day

Monday, September 4, 2017

University is closed.